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Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake to honor health advocates

CHICAGO–Two public health advocates who work to improve the lives of LGBTQ Illinoisans will be honored Sunday at Fahrenheit Chicago–Pride South on the Lake, an end-of-summer, daylong beach party that will feature entertainment, games, civic engagement, and health outreach. The two honorees are Anne Carmack of the CORE Foundation and Serette King of Howard Brown…

First Midwest Drummer in Chicago this September

CHICAGO — This is the first Midwest Drummer North America (DNA) contest. It will be held in Chicago at the Jackhammer complex in September. Midwest Drummer is a male-identified fetish contest where each contestant can compete for the title of Drummer, Drummer Boy or Drummer Bootblack. The region covers the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and…

Health insurer reveals HIV status with envelopes

WASHINGTON — Health insurer Aetna may have revealed the HIV status of thousands in a recent mailing to customers, a medical news website reported. Aetna is one of the major health insurers in Illinois. From STAT: The letters, which Aetna said were sent to approximately 12,000 people, were meant to relay a change in pharmacy…

Black Lives Matter signs stolen, damaged in Chicago north ‘burbs

EVANSTON — Black Lives Matter signs have been getting stolen or damaged in Chicago’s northern suburbs, a TV station reported Wednesday. From ABC7: Police in Evanston and Skokie are investigating and homeowners are disturbed. “Black Lives Matter” signs are a common sight in front yards throughout the north suburbs, but what’s becoming more prevalent is…

August BTQ Book Discussion with Gerber/Hart

CHICAGO — Join the Bi-Trans-Queer Book Discussion Group on August 25st at 6:30 for a discussion of Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology edited by Sfé R. Monster. Beyond is an anthology of queer sci-fi and fantasy comics. Featuring 18 stories by 26 contributors, Beyond is a 250+ page, black and white, queer…

Equality Illinois announces new board members

CHICAGO — Equality Illinois and Equality Illinois Institute announce their 2017-2018 boards of directors, which include six new board members, who, together with the board veterans, represent the diverse LGBTQ community in Illinois as well as allies. Equality Illinois is the lobbying arm of the state’s oldest and largest civil rights organization representing lesbian, gay,…

LGBTQ civil rights org ask state fairgoers to support transgender troops

SPRINGFIELD — Equality Illinois is at the Illinois State Fair, which opened Thursday, seeking support from fairgoers against President Trump’s proposed ban on transgender people serving in the military. Fairgoers who stop by the Equality Illinois booth during the State Fair, which runs now through Aug. 20 in Springfield, will be able to sign a…